Cannabis-Infused Wine – What’s In Store For The Future?
Allegedly, the thousand-year known practice of pairing wine and weed is becoming hip and people are showing an intense and widely enthusiasm about it. According to early records from the Han Dynasty in China, the ganja and grape combination has been used to knock out patients before surgery.
The great development of cannabis-infused wine happened in the 80s, in California, where wine makers would ferment the “pot wine“and then share it with friends at private gatherings. Generally, it was made with rosé wines, in unlabeled bottles, and quite expensive if you wanted to purchase it, the war on drugs made it a risky business.
However, cannabis is now more accessible due to the changes in marijuana laws, and thus wine drinkers in states such as California can really enjoy the combo of their two extremely popular indulgences- good wine and super herb.
The singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist, Melissa Etheridge, has been using causal marijuana before she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. After the chemotherapy, she became an outspoken medicinal advocate, and has also developed her own range of cannabis-infused wine tinctures named as “No Label“, which included Shiraz and Grenache.
How it’s made
Wine makers infuse cannabis into Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, Cabernets, Grenaches, Chardonnays and Viogniers. Cannabis strains have distinctive taste and provide different effects, and it’s common to use hybrid strains because pure sativas and indicas combined with alcohol make drinkers to feel anxious or groggy.
If you tend to make some for yourself, you should know that dropping some fresh cannabis into a glass of your favorite Chardonnay isn’t going to do the trick, since the fermentation of the wine is what draws the THC out of the cannabis and into the wine.
It may take some time while the ganja-grape combo will be more accessible around the country, but soon you can purchase some from the local liquor store in states such as Colorado.